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Stuff I won't do for residents and why your staff shouldn't either: preventing burnout in LTC

Stuff I won't do for residents and why your staff shouldn't either: preventing burnout in LTC

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In my last post, I wrote about some of the many things I do for residents as a long-term care psychologist. The astute reader will note that most of the tasks were accomplished during work hours and within the facility. There's a reason for that.

Instilling hope: Needed for contentment, helpful for long-term care operations

Instilling hope: Needed for contentment, helpful for long-term care operations

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"I hope Santa brings me a Sony DS," my 7-year-old told me the other day. I can tell you right now that Santa is NOT bringing her a video game player, but I didn't want to tell her that. So I did what I imagine most parents would do in that situation: I asked her what else she hoped Santa would bring. What does this have to do with long-term care? As it turns out, a lot.

As a boss, are you providing good guidance, or 'good' stories?

As a boss, are you providing good guidance, or 'good' stories?

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Say what you will about bad bosses: They always seem to create great stories. But not usually as intended.

Inside the mind of an LTC shrink

Inside the mind of an LTC shrink

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I sat in morning report as the nursing supervisor announced the arrival of a new resident. An 80-year old woman was taken to the hospital after a fall at home, where she received a below-knee amputation and contracted C. diff before being transferred to our facility. I looked around the room and speculated about what each of my team members were thinking, imagining thought bubbles over their heads.

After natural disasters: coping with resident and staff emotions

After natural disasters: coping with resident and staff emotions

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The Northeast just experienced an earthquake and a hurricane all in one week. The storm may have subsided, but it's likely residents and staff will still be facing a whirlwind of emotions. And it's likely that, sooner or later, you will have to deal with a natural disaster or other calamity. Here are some tips on how to handle such situations.

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